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Dec 16, 2012 5:30pm PST
is taking place in newtown, connecticut. this is at newtown high school. hundreds are in attendance including president obama. he is expected to speak shortly. cbs will carry the president's remarks live as they happen. >>> chilling new details about -- are emerging about the deadly rampage in connecticut that left 28 people dead including 20 children. sources say the shooter, adam lanza, shot his mother four times in the head, apparently as she lay sleeping. computers in the home were found smashed. lanza then drove it to the school and forced his way in by shooting out a window. within minutes he shot and killed the children and six adults, and then as police closed in, lanza shot himself. in newtown, it was a day to mourn their dead at church services. cbs is in newtown where president obama is among the mourners. >> reporter: hundreds of mourners at a vigil in new town gave first respond ears standing ovation. president obama is there to help this community deal with the tragedy. people have been stopping at town memorials all day. while others attended sunday services focused o
CBS
Dec 16, 2012 6:00pm PST
in newtown, connecticut. for the fourth time in his presidency and the second time this year president obama has consoled the community hit by gun violence. there was ft. hood, there was tucson, there was aurora, and now newtown. the president arrived here late this afternoon. he met with victims' families and first responders. and tonight he attended a vigil at the newtown high school. >> newtown, you are not alone. these difficult days have unfolded. you've also inspired us, with stories of strength and resolve and sacrifice. >> jeff: the president also called for change in that speech saying are we really powerless in the face of such carnage. tomorrow the first funerals will take place. and today we learned police said that friday's massacre could be have been much, much worse. here's jim axelrod. >> reporter: newtown is a place of sober reflection and crushing emotion. all day people walk slowly to this makeshift memorial to leave flowers, light a candle, shed their tears. >> they were babies, they were innocent babies and that is what makes it almost incomprehensible. >> reporter: at s
CBS
Dec 18, 2012 7:00am PST
today in newtown, connecticut, except for the boyse boys and girls of sandy hook elementary.elementary. their new school at a nearby is town is not ready yet. >>> investigators are still . trying to figure out what led to this massacre.acre. jeff gore is inlor is in newtown, connecticut, where two victims were laid to rest monday morning. >> reporter: good morning to you and good morning to your viewers in the west.n connecticu one week this week will be full of funerals and wakes. friday's in connecticut on monday the first two funerals were held for the victims of friday's 6-year-old shooting, 6-year-old noah pozner 6- and 6-year-old jack pinto. the state's and lieutenant ed one of th governor each attended one of you try their services. >> you try to feel their pain but you can't. some you try to find some words that you hope will be adequate knowing they'll be inadequate see and you see little coffins and your heart has to ache. >> reporte >> reporter: that heart ache will continue over the coming day days, as more funerals take place and as the holidays
CBS
Dec 18, 2012 4:00am PST
to be with you. i'm terrell brown. most of the schools in newtown, connecticut, reopen today. sandy hook elementary remains an active crime scene. the site of friday's deadly shootings will remain closed indefinitely. 26 people including 20 young children were killed there. authorities hope to soon interview two survivors of the massacre. funerals, more of them, are scheduled for today. james mattioli was 6. his family says he loved sports, was a numbers guy, and best friends with his older sister. jessica rekos, also 6, loved everything about horses. she read about them, drew them, wrote about them, for christmas she wanted cowgirl boots. we have more. >> reporter: good morning. it's a rainy and somber morning in newtown where families have begun to lay their dead to rest, and more funerals are scheduled for days to come. it's back to school today for the children of newtown, connecticut, with one exception -- students of sandy hook elementary. kenneth canfield is a fourth grader at sandy hook. he was there that tragic day. >> he heard screaming and gunshots, and the room that he was in
CBS
Dec 16, 2012 7:30am PST
is being held today. >> president obama is flying to newtown for today's memorial service. >> and cbs reporter erica ferrari is in newtown now to bring us the latest. good morning, erica. >> reporter: good morning. police have released the names and ages of the victims, but they haven't given any kind of a motive for what they think might have triggered this attack, this as families prepare to bury the dead. people filed into churches around newtown, connecticut to pray for victims of friday's shooting, as this community grievous, families in this small town now planning funerals for their children. >> she was the type of person that could just light up the room. she -- >> reporter: robbie parker's daughter, emilie was one of the 20 children killed in friday's shooting. >> she is an incredible person. and i'm so blessed to be her dad. >> reporter: parker and dozens of other parents had their children's bodies returned to them by authorities yesterday. police say they died when 20-year-old adam lanza forced his way into sandy hook elementary friday morning and started firing. president
CBS
Dec 18, 2012 6:00am PST
guys >> thank you. >>> students are returning to class in newtown, connecticut today except those from sandy hook elementary. >> that campus will remain a crime scene indefinitely after friday's mass shooting. investigatessers are trying to determine why gunman adam lanza singled out the school, which he attended as a child. federallation say he fired guns at shoot -- federal agents say he fired guns at shooting ranges over the years but not recently. cbs reporter marly hall joins us from newtown with more on what's happening. >> reporter: good morning, michelle and brian. it's a week before christmas, and here in newtown, connecticut, many families aren't planning for the holidays but planning funerals and there are several planned in the weeks to come. it's back to school for the children of newtown, connecticut with the exception of the students of sandy hook elementary school. kenneth canfield is a fourth greater at sandy hook. he heard screaming and gunshots in the room he was in. >> it was being banged on by the gunman. >> reporter: kenneth and his classmates won't be returning
CBS
Dec 18, 2012 4:30am PST
for the children of newtown, connecticut. with one exception, the students of sandy hook elementary. kenneth is a fourth grader at sandy hook. he was there that tragic day. >> he heard screaming and gunshots and the room he was in was being banged on by the gunman. >> reporter: kenneth and his classmates won't be returning to sandy hook elementary school. when they do go back, they will attend chalk hill school in nearby monroe. >> they said he won't go back unless there's a police officer at every door. >> reporter: the grieving continues here in newtown. there will be two more funerals today when james mattioli and jessica rekos will be laid to rest. the first two funerals were monday when 6-year-old noah pozner and jack pinto were remembered. >> shouldn't be at a 6-year- old's funeral. it's a devastating event and as heartbreaking as it is, it just keeps getting more heartbreaking. >> reporter: noah pozner was described as smart, caring and rum bunktious. jack pinto loved the new york giants. he was buried in the jersey of his favorite player, giants wide receiver, victor cruz. >> there w
CBS
Dec 15, 2012 5:00am PST
're about 60 miles northeast of new york city. welcome to "cbs this morning saturday." we are in newtown, connecticut, just a short ways away from the school where a gunman slaughtered 20 young children and adults yesterday morning before taking his own life. the firehouse behind us was a gathering place for terrified parents who rushed to the scene after learning of the attack. >> it was the second worst mass killing in u.s. history after the virginia tech shootings in 2007, but the depths of the what is sure to be many signs of a community coming together. we've learned that all of the dead have been identified of authorities with the help of pictures provided by grieving parents and family members. the bodies havy it to be removed from the school which remains a crime scene. >> and here in newtown, the is impossible to exaggerate and jeff glor has more on that. jeff good morning. >> reporter: rebecca, good morning to you. we may never know why the shooter did what he did, but people here are trying to understand, and they are struggling. >> all those families
CBS
Dec 15, 2012 6:00pm PST
captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" reporting live tonight from newtown. >> axelrod: good evening. newtown, connecticut was, by many measures, one of the safest communities in america. it is now the grief-stricken home of the second deadliest school shooting in u.s. history. 28 people are dead, including the shooter. late today, connecticut's chief medical examiner, wayne carver, reported that the autopsies on all the children are now complete. all 20 of them were shot more than once by 20-year-old adam lanza. police have also released the names of those killed, eight boys, 12 girls, between the ages of 6 and 7. all were first graders. six adults at the school were also murdered, and investigators say they now have some very good evidence explaining what wasde . we have a team of cbs news correspondents and producers on this still-developing story. we begin with margaret brennan here in newtown. >> reporter: gflg, jim. and the bodies of those 12 girls, eight boys, and six adult women killed right here in the sandy hook shooting yesterday are being returne
CBS
Dec 17, 2012 12:00pm PST
-stricken newtown, connecticut has begun laying to rest the littlest victims of the sandy hook shootings starting with two 6-year-old boys. first we go live to cbs reporter randall pinkston in newtown with the latest on the investigation. good afternoon, randall. >> reporter: connecticut police say the locations of the shooting sandy hook elementary school and the home where adam lanza lived with his mother are crime investigation scenes. authorities are engaged in an intense investigation trying to find as much information as they can about what led to friday's horrific crime. people sobbed and held each other as they arrived for 6- year-old jack pinto's funeral one of 26 to be held in this community over the coming days. noah pozner will also be laid to rest today. elisa doesn't know the families but plans to attend. >> we just want to be there for the families. i think they're inconsolable. i would be. >> reporter: police say the people died after 20-year-old adam lanza shot his way into their school friday morning. investigators are searching for a motive. >> there are many, many witnesses th
CBS
Dec 19, 2012 5:00pm PST
committed in neighboring sunnyvale. ed. >>> in the wake of the tragedy in newtown, president obama is demanding immediate and specific strategies to curb gun violence. and he is promising that this time washington won't just talk about it. cbs 5 reporter grace lee on his call to action. >> reporter: it is a promise and says it's divergence for this president. before the connecticut school shooting he was usually generally neutral about anything related to the second amendment. today he not only called for action, he even gave a deadline for results and he wants some answers by january. >> we may never know all the reasons why this tragedy happened. we do know that every day since, more americans have died of gun violence. >> reporter: five days after the sandy hook shooting in newtown, president obama says our country needs more than gun control. we need a solution to stop the violence. that's why he is creating a new interagency task force led by vice president joe biden. >> this is not some washington commission. this is not something where folks are going to be studying the issu
CBS
Dec 17, 2012 6:00am PST
news reporter erica ferrari joins us live from newtown with more on president obama's appearance at a public memorial and it was obviously, a very emotional sad day as he spoke yesterday. >> reporter: behind closed doors, the president told connecticut's governor that friday was the single most difficult day of his presidency. >> reporter: charlotte, daniel, olivia... >> reporter: the tears flowed freely as the people of newtown, connecticut remembered those gunned down at sandy hook elementary school. >> we gather here in memory of 20 beautiful children and six remarkable adults. >> reporter: president obama said he brought with him the love and prayers of the nation. >> i am very mindful that mere words cannot match the depths of your sorrow nor can they heal your wounded hearts. >> reporter: the next painful step in the grieving process begins today when the first two funerals will be held here in newtown. >> they were innocent babies and that's what makes it almost incomprehensible. >> reporter: police believe the carnage could have been much worse. they say 20-year-old adam
CBS
Dec 18, 2012 5:00am PST
news's marly hall has more from newtown. [ pause ] >> and we're having some issues with that story right now. we are going to try to get that back to you. in the meantime, we do want to tell you that people nationwide, they are honoring the victims of the mass shooting in connecticut. locally, dozens gathered last night for a vigil in gilroy. organizers at south valley community church say it gave people a chance to get together and share their thoughts. >> having an environment a venue like this i think helps people kind of process it and then being able to give resources that kind of help people continue that journey. >> the names of all the newtown victims were read and a candle was lit for each of them. another vigil is planned at 6:00 tonight at amaral park in pleasanton. >>> well, this morning a more detailed picture is emerging of the gunman who killed more than two dozen people. acquaintances of adam lanza was smart but his mother who was also killed told friends he had a mental disability. cbs 5 reporter cate caugiran is in our newsroom with more. >>> reporter: a man who b
CBS
Dec 17, 2012 7:00am PST
of sadness that we can share with you to ease this heavy load, we will gladly bear it. newtown, you are not alone. >> america mourns a national tragedy, as investigators at a connecticut community search for answers. >> the second deadliest school shooting in united states history. >> this not just heartbreaking. they're not just names. it's not a list. they're little kids. >> the heartbreaking good-byes begin today with the first funerals. >> the shooter has been positively identified as adam lanza. his death has been ruled a suicide. >> police are still investigating a motive for the massacre. >> i don't think anything is worse than what happened in this school. >> what happened there is a nightmare. >> to pick on 6 and 7-year-olds, it's beyond horrific. >> i had to break it to all the folks who were assembled at the firehouse that their children or their loved ones were not coming home. that's an exercise that i will live with for the most of my life. >> house speaker john boehner is now willing to consider a tax increase for those making more than $1 million a
CBS
Dec 17, 2012 5:30pm PST
. >> pelley: good evening. the funerals began today. two of the children killed in newtown, connecticut, on friday have been laid to rest. mourners leaving the service for six-year-old noah pozner were heir to keep his memory in their hearts, but hearts are strained to breaking by the senseless ftss. ts makeshift memorials, parents held their children and tried to comprehend 20 first graders murdered at sandy hook elementary school along with the six staff members who tried to save them. tonight we know more about how it happened and we have a team of correspondents on this tragedy. elrst we'll go to jim axelrod. >> reporter: at 1:00 this afternoon, the first two funerals began: one in newtown, the other 25 miles away. this woman spoke for many. >> you shouldn't be at a six- year-old's funeral. i mean, it's a devastating event and it's heart breaking and it keeps getting more heart breaking. >> reporter: six-year-old noah pozner was eulogized as a kind, caring, slightly mischevious boy who'd been looking forward to a buddy's birthday party on saturday. six-year-old jack pinto was descri
CBS
Dec 19, 2012 5:30pm PST
called real action right now to reduce gun violence after the school massacre in newtown, connecticut. he put vice president biden in charge of a government-wide effort, but gave him only until january to recommend new laws and executive orders. mr. obama pointed to assault rifles like the one used in the sandy hook attack to access to mental health care and to what he called a culture of that glorifies violence. major garrett is at the white house for us tonight. major? >> reporter: scott, gun control has never been an obama administration priority. it is now, and the clock is ticking on vice president joe biden's gun violence task force. mr. obama wants to announce new initiatives before his state of the union address in late january. >> there's no law or set of laws that can prevent every senseless act of violence in our society. we're going to need to work on making access to mental health care at least as easy as access to a gun. we're going to need to look more closely at a culture that all too often glorifies guns and violence. and any actions we must take must begin inside the hom
CBS
Dec 15, 2012 6:30pm PST
in newtown. tonight the mourning is well under way. in the past two hours this vigil was held for victoria soto, the first grade teacher shot while trying to shield her first grade students from the gunman. her family says she lost her life doing what she loved. she was 27 years old. a live report from sandy hook in a moment but first, cbs 5 reporter don knapp is at a vigil in san francisco's dolores park. don. >> reporter: ann, even though we are a continent away from what happened in newtown, connecticut, people in san francisco in the bay area very much touched and troubled by what happened here. there was a vigil tonight one of about 16 or 17 around the bay area suggested by moveon.org. people decided to come down and bring their own candles. they stood in the rain and talked about what happened and offered each other support and talked about the title of their get together which is vigil to end gun violence. some people say even though we have a lot of violence in the united states, what happened this time with so many children may be the tipping point. one of those people is natalie
CBS
Dec 15, 2012 7:00am PST
with us. it's been a horrible day. >> friday night the people of newtown, connecticut came together as a community to remember and to mourn. >> i have children. i couldn't fathom that. >> police say the gunman, 20-year-old add dan hand -- adam lanza arrived tat school where his mother worked. >> the caller is indicating she thinking someone is shooting in the building. >> when he was done 20 children and 6 adults were dead. >> there were 20 parents that were told that their children are dead. it was awful. >> the principal dawn hochsprung was among the first killed. >> i can't believe she's gone. >> her teachers and staff did all they could to keep the kids safe. >> the teachers directed us to stay against the wall and everybody started kind of panicking. >> adam lanza ended the shooting when he turned the gun on himself. it wasn't until later that police here discovered the first murder victim, his own mother was found dead in their house. >> she was shot once in the face. that is a very brutal and also a very personal way to kill anyone, particularly a relative, especially your
CBS
Dec 15, 2012 5:30pm PST
service tomorrow in newtown. >>> cbs reporter ines ferre is live in newtown, connecticut where investigators are piecing together what happened. ines. >> reporter: well, ann, it's been a day of mourning here in newtown and across the nation as families are grieving the loss of loved ones and a community tries to pull together. 12-year-old jocelyn cardenaz came from danbury, connecticut it drop off flowers at a memorial for the 26 people killed at sandy hook elementary school. >> even though we didn't know anyone directly just hurt because you never know what's going to happen next. >> reporter: she is one of many grieving for those gunned down in newtown, connecticut friday morning. investigators identified the shooter as 20-year-old adam lanza. the medical examiner says everyone was shot multiple times with a rifle. >> this probably is the worst i have seen. >> reporter: eight boys and 12 girls all ages 6 and 7 died including anna marcus green the daughter of a well-known saxophone player and emily parker who moved to newtown a year ago. >> she was a type person that could jus
CBS
Dec 17, 2012 4:00am PST
met privately with families in newtown and then spoke at a memorial service. the president said, quote, we can't tolerate this anymore. we must change. he ended his remarks by reading the names of the 20 child victims. >> charlotte, daniel, olivia, josephine, ana, dylan, madeleine, catherine, chase, jesse, james, grace, emilie, jack, noah, caroline, jessica, benjamin, avielle, allison. god has called them all home. >> erica ferrari is in newtown this morning. erica, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, terrell. behind closed doors, the president reportedly told connecticut's governor that friday was the single most difficult day of his presidency. the tears flowed freely as the people of newtown, connecticut, remembered those gunned down at sandy hook elementary school. >> we gather here in memory of 20 beautiful children and six remarkable adults. >> reporter: president obama said he brought with him the love and prayers of the nation. >> i am very mindful that mere words cannot match the depths of your sorrow, nor can they heal your wounded hearts. >> reporter: the next pa
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Dec 21, 2012 6:00am PST
shooting. cbs reporter marlie hall joins us now from newtown. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. it seems like every day here in newtown is a new sense of normal. an endless series of funerals and every day since the tragedy has been a day of mourning but today the nation will stop and remember. >> reporter: at 9:30 this morning, people here in newtown will stop what they're doing and observe a moment of silence to mark the one week point since a shooter killed 26 people at sandy hook elementary school. [ bells ] >> reporter: then the church bells will ring signifying another funeral for another child. pablo carmona attended the funeral of his friend and fellow boy scout benjamin wheeler. >> i don't really know why he had to die. but it's very sad. >> reporter: catherine hubbard liked to ride horses and allison wyatt wanted to become an artist. >> my husband asked me last night, he said, has this rocked your faith in god? and i said, absolutely not. but it has done a few things about my faith in human beings. >> reporter: the outpouring of love and emotions for the families of
CBS
Dec 14, 2012 5:30pm PST
" with scott pelley. reporting tonight from newtown, connecticut. >> pelley: good evening. the bodies of most of the children killed this morning remain inside sandy hook elementary school tonight, along with the bodies of six adults and the gunman himself. the fire house behind me, decorated for christmas, is where terrorized parents came to find out whether their children were among the living or the dead. some of the victims were as young as five years old. president obama said today what everyone is thinking: we have been through this too many times. sandy hook is a k-4 elementary school with about 700 students. >> somebody came in to the room and shot a teacher. that's all i know. sorry. >> pelley: parents rushed to the school after getting robocalls that there had been a shooting. at 9:30 this morning police say a gunman, identified as 20-year-old adam lanza, opened fire in a kindergarten classroom where his mother was the teacher. some of her students were among the 20 children killed. in all, 26 people were killed at the school, including the school principal. the police say the gunma
CBS
Dec 17, 2012 5:00am PST
and where they should be held. to get the latest, cbs news reporter erica ferrari joins us live from newtown, connecticut, with the latest on president obama's appearance. erica. >> reporter: behind closed doors, the president reportedly told the governor of connecticut that friday was the single most difficult day of his presidency. >> charlotte, daniel, olivia... >> reporter: the tears flowed freely as the people of newtown, connecticut, remembered those gunned down at sandy hook elementary school. >> we gather here in memory of 20 beautiful children and six remarkable adults. >> reporter: president obama said he brought with him the love and prayers of the nation. >> i am very mindful that mere words cannot match the depths of your sorrow nor can they heal your wounded hearts. >> reporter: the next painful step in the grieving process begins today when the first two funerals will be held here in newtown. >> they were innocent babies. and that's what makes it almost incomprehensible. >> reporter: police believe the carnage could have been word. adam lanza had enough bullets to kill every c
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Dec 19, 2012 7:00am PST
of the recommendations. >> today funerals will be held for four more victims of the tragedy in newtown including teacher victoria soto who tried to protect her children from adam lanza's wrath. >> is this tragedy a tipping point on the issue of gun control? >> i honestly don't understand why you would rather have people be victims of a crime than be able to defend themselves. it's incomprehensible. >> you're an unbelievably stupid man, aren't you? >> our plan "b" would protect american taxpayers who make $1 million or less. >> 13 days from the fiscal cliff. democrats saying plan "b" is doa. >> boehner's proposal will not pass the senate. >> huge winter storm stretching from colorado to the upper great lakes expected to cause blizzardlike conditions today. >> if this turns out to be real, a giant eagle snatching a child from a park in montreal. >> instagram is backing off a new policy that allowed it to use photos. >> out of russia, a truck rolling over spilling out dozens of cows. >> do fans ever ask you to curse at them? >> all the time. >> and all that matters. >> you've got to be kidding me. you know
CBS
Dec 25, 2012 5:30pm PST
and caliber ol the one used in the school shootings in connecticut. the newtown shootings and yesterday's ambush have fueled the debate over gun control. but while that debate intensifies, something else is spiking-- gun sales. chip reid has a look. >> at gun shows across the nation this past weekend, people stood in line hoping to get eheir hands on an a.r.-15, the military style rifle used in the newtown, connecticut, school shooting. there's been a run on a.r.-15s at gun stores, too. rick friedman owns r.t.s.p. in randolph, new jersey. >> i normally sell about 15 or 20 a month. i've sold 30 in the last three days. >> reporter: the reason he says is clear. >> because people want to make sure they can own them legally hefore they have that "right" ntken away. >> reporter: the white house said after the newtown shooting atic president obama supports a ban on assault weapons proposed by california democratic senator dianne feinstein. getting it through congress quickly is highly unlikely, but the mere mention of a ban is enough to send sales soaring. and it's not just guns. brownell's, t
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Dec 14, 2012 12:00pm PST
the newtown area. lanza's mother was a teacher at this elementary school and most of the shootings occured in her classroom. she and some of her students were killed. also, a body was found in a home connected to lanza and the motive for these shootings is not known at this hour. i want to go now to john miller as we are still grappling with this terrible tragedy which i think melissa mackriss, a mother put it so well. this is a parents' worst nightmare. certainly parents of those school children who heard this news rushed to the school, many of them reunited with their children but some parents learned the very sad news that their children had been killed and have been with the governor of connecticut and others who are speaking with them. i know you've been speaking with your law enforcement sources. describe what's going on at this moment as they are trying to find more information about the shooter and how he was connected to this. >> they're doing background investigations into the shooter but also going to locations associated with the shooter. not just directly associated with ryan
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Dec 20, 2012 5:00am PST
as newtown continues to mourn the loss of 20 children and six adults. vice president joe biden will meet with law enforcement officers from across the country today. the goal is to come up with recommendations to curb gun violence. funeral services for five more victims are being held today. cbs reporter marlie hall with the new call for action. >> my name is richard bloomenthal. >> reporter: connecticut senator bloomenthal and chris murphy met with a group called newtown united who came together after the shooting to push for a ban on assault weapons. they may have a new supporter in president obama. he wants new laws to try to prevent another tragedy like the one at sandy hook elementary school. >> the fact that we can't prevent every act of violence doesn't mean we can't steadily reduce the violence. >> as head of the president's task force, vice president biden will look into banning assault weapons. but gun advocates say that's not necessary. >> there are lots of things we can do to make sure that only the right people have firearms. >> reporter: there will be at least nine more fun
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Dec 14, 2012 6:00pm PST
on a missing child. "they're all dead" she said. "they're all dead." we're here in newtown, back to you. >> pelley: lou, thanks very much. paul vance is a police lieutenant with the connecticut state police. he's been briefing reporters today and i asked him what he saw when he arrived at the school. >> it's a horrific scene. it's a very tragic scene, as we've been reporting. it involve it had death of numerous children, 20 to be exact, six adults. and it's a very tragic, horrific scene. >> pelley: were the children who were killed in one classroom? spread out across the entire school? >> one section of the building is the best way we can explain it. the deceased were all located in one complete section of the building. >> pelley: and where was the gunman found? >> in the hallway. >> pelley: outside of a classroom? >> correct. >> pelley: as the sun is going down now, are the victims still in the school? >> yeah, this is a long process and by that i mean it's a crime scene, it's a criminal investigation, it mandates that we meticulously document every single square inch of that building.
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Dec 16, 2012 6:00am PST
friday's heartbreaking violence in newtown, connecticut, we'll have the there's on continuing developments. we'll then turn to our cover story, which examines americans and faith. seems that for increasing numbers of us now, our permanent beliefs do not involve organized religion. >> reporter: this morning spiritual leaders around the country are faced with trying to explain the inexplicable. while some may seek solace in church, a growing number of americans are finding their faith elsewhere. >> it's less and and less important for people to think of themselves as methodist or baptist. >> reporter: how one of the most religious countrys in the world may be becoming a little less religious. ahead on "sunday morning." >> osgood: some kids byron pitts visited demonstrating amazing pluck, as you will see and hear. >> reporter: it may be an ancient instrument, with a heavenly sound. but in modern day atlanta, jarnl, the harp is about much much more. >> it is about opportunity. we don't expect everybody to become a professional harpist. it's about helping children to become all the
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Dec 20, 2012 5:00pm PST
in newtown. they will be look at firearms restrictions increasing mental health resources and the media's role in guns and violence. the president wants concrete proposals in time for his state of the union address next month. >> the president is absolutely committed to keeping his promise that we will act and we will act in a way that is designed even if he says we could only save one life, we have to take action. >> san francisco mayor ed lee pushing for stronger regulations on certain types of ammunition. he is proposing a citywide ban on commercial sales of hollow point bullets. he also wants police notified when anyone in the city buys 500 or more rounds of ammunition at once. >>> san francisco police also announced plans for another gun buyback event afternoon last weekend's huge successful one. but cbs 5 reporter mark sayre shows us it may be impossible to keep one a huge spike in gun sales. >> this hand guard is attached by -- >> reporter: here at the bay area gun vault in mountain view the owner says business has been brisk. >> one of the most popular sellers, the ar-15 semi- a
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Dec 22, 2012 6:00pm PST
axelrod. an unbearable six-day stretch of funerals for the victims of the newtown shooting wrapped up today with the last three. mourners at the funeral of josephine gay wore purple, the seven year olds favorite color. a horse-drawn coach carried the casket of six-year-old ana marquez-greene, remembered as a girl who never walked from room to room; she danced. six-year-old emilie parker was buried in utah, remembered for the markers and paper emilie always had with her because, as she would say, "i have so many ideas of things to draw, it's hard to remember them all." newtown's police chief is talking publicly about the shooting for the first time. the chief and his captain sat down with elaine quijano this morning, who joins us now. good evening, elaine. >> reporter: good evening to you, jim. well, police chief michael kehoe and captain joe rios arrived at sandy hook elementary within minutes of the call. >> we needed to break into the school to get in because the back doors are secured. >> reporter: how did you get it open? >> broke out the window. >> reporter: it was quiet, and the
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Dec 20, 2012 6:00pm PST
to be paying for it. why pg&e still isn't completely satisfied. >> in newtown, connecticut, the two 6-year-old smoothing victims laid to rest today and the special speaker at the funeral for a teacher. >> how politicians put aside their differences today. honoring the late senator daniel inouye. ,, >> your realtime captioner: linda marie macdonald >>> now at 6:30, another day brings more heartbreaking good- byes in a small connecticut town struggling to heal. nearly one week since the sandy hook shootings, newtown is still coping with a steady stream of funeral processions. more children were laid to rest today as makeshift memorials to the 26 victims continue to grow. randall pinkston reports. >> reporter: coming to newtown tonight, new hampshire police confirming that nancy lanza the first shooting victim of her son adam lanza, there was a memorial service for her today in new hampshire. meanwhile, here in newtown, more funerals for the victims of last friday's shooting rampage. a large portrait of 6-year-old benjamin wheeler stood outside trinity episcopal church in newtown, connecticut
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Dec 16, 2012 11:00pm PST
. >>> president barack obama spent the night mourning in newtown, connecticut. he arrived an hour before the service began to meet with the families in privaciy. >> i come to offer the love -- privacy. >> i come to offer the love and prays of aination. >> i am very mindful that mere words can not match the depths of your sorrow, nor can they heal your hearts. in the face of violence. in the face of evil. you looked out for each other. and you have cared for one another. >> he ended the speech by reciting the names of all of the 20 children killed. >>> the first funerals are starting tomorrow. 28 people dead. including 20 children. they say the shooter, adam lanza shot his mother four times in the head as she lay sleeping. computers in their home were smashed and he drove to the school and forced his way in by shooting out a window. within minutes he shot and killed 20 children and six adults and then as the police closed in, he shot himself. >> earlier in the day many people in newtown attended church services to express their grief. even that was disrupted at one church by the threat o
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Dec 20, 2012 6:00am PST
shooting in newtown, connecticut. vice president joe biden will meet will law enforcement officers today from across the country. his new task force is expected to release recommendations to reduce gun violence next month. funeral services for five more victims are being held today. cbs reporter marlie hall with new calls for action. >> reporter: connecticut senator richard bloomenthal and senator-elect chris murphy met wednesday with a group called newtown united. residents came together after the shooting to push for a ban on assault weapons. >> good morning. >> reporter: they may have a new supporter in president obama. he wants new laws to try to prevent another tragedy like the one at sandy hook elementary school. >> the fact that we can't prevent every act of violence doesn't mean we can't steadily reduce the violence. >> reporter: as head of the president's task force, vice president biden will look into banning assault weapons, but gun advocates say that's not necessary. >> there are lots of things we can do to make sure that only the right people have firearms. >> reporter: ther
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Dec 17, 2012 5:00pm PST
they get a chance to talk to two of the staff members who survived the shooting. live in newtown, connecticut, i'm randall pinkston. back to you. >>> randall, have investigators learned anything as to how adam lanza gained access to these high powered ammunition? >> reporter: we know that his mother obtained those weapons legally. they were applied for. she had to fill out a lot of paperwork to get them. we don't know whether she kept locked. we don't know whether he had permission to use them whenever he wanted to. we know she took him with her to shooting ranges several times over the course of the past several years. today we learned from investigators that both adam lanza and his mother had made visits to multiple gun ranges. so obviously, he was familiar with weapons with his mother's permission. whether he had access to those firearms, we can't say at this time. >> randall pinkston in newtown, connecticut, thank you. >>> schools throughout the bay area are reviewing their security procedures, following friday's tragedy in connecticut. ann notarangelo is in antioch where the
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Dec 18, 2012 12:00pm PST
the latest on the investigation. >> reporter: when students returned to school in newtown this morning, there was a police presence and there were grief counselors. meantime, the parents of 6-year- old jessica rekos prepared to bury her. the mourning continues in newtown, connecticut. today, another young victim will be laid to rest. on monday, mourners said a final good-bye to 6-year-old jack pinto. >> it was very sad. very sad. family took it very, you know, as hard as any parent would take it losing their first grader. >> reporter: a large crowd showed up to say good-bye to 6- year-old noah pozner. >> i started to cry. this is very close to home. >> reporter: students in the area head back to school tuesday except for sandy hook elementary students. monday, supplies and equipment were moved to a school in a neighboring town where sandy hook students will eventually return to class. >> we really need to lead with love and that's what i'm seeing our community do. we're putting our arms around people. >> reporter: it's still unknown why the 20-year-old gunman opened fire
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Dec 18, 2012 5:00pm PST
>> reporter: newtown is slowly trying to return to normal. some schools other than sandy hook reopened for the first time since the shooting. buses carrying children drove onto school grounds. the buses had green and white ribbons on the front, sandy hook's colors. but police kept one elementary school closed as a precaution after receiving threats. >> i will always be worried but now it's very, very bad. >> reporter: children at sandy hook have not yet returned to school. when they do, it will be at a school in the nearby town of monroe. late today the nra released its first public reaction to last week's shooting saying its members are shocked, saddened and heartbroken about the horrific senseless murders in newtown. the organization says it stands ready to make meaningful contributions to make sure it doesn't happen again. reporting live in newtown, connecticut, i'm randall pinkston. back to you. >> thank you. >>> meantime, new calls for gun control laws on capitol hill today. those injured in mass shootings and families of victims were in washington, d.c. to press lawmaker
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Dec 20, 2012 4:00am PST
the nation. the task force is part of the reaction to the school shooting in newtown, connecticut. gun stores, though, are seeing a different kind of reaction since the massacre. record sales. gun enthusiasts are stocking up in anticipation of tighter gun laws. meanwhile more victims of the shooting were buried. marlie hall is in newtown this morning. marlie, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, terrell. the issue of gun control has come into sharp focus and many lawmakers are taking aim. connecticut senator richard blumenthal and senator-elect chris murphy met with a group called newtown united. residents who came together to push a ban on assault rifles. they may have a new supporter in president obama. he wants new laws to try to prevent another tragedy like the one at sandy hook elementary school. >> the fact that we can't prevent every act of violence doesn't mean we can't steadily reduce it. >> reporter: as head of the president's task force, vice president biden will look into banning assault weapons but gun advocates say that's not necessary. >> there are lots of things we
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Dec 21, 2012 4:00am PST
news conference since the massacre this morning. marlie hall is in newtown with more. marlie, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, terrell. well, today marks the fifth day of mourning services in newtown and a full week since the tragedy at sandy hook elementary school, and today the country will stop to remember. at 9:30 this morning, people here in newtown will stop what they're doing and observe a moment of silence to mark the one-week point since a shooter killed 26 people at sandy hook elementary school. but then the church bells will ring again, signifying another funeral for another child. pablo carmona attended the funeral of his friend and fellow boy scout benjamin wheeler. >> i don't really know why he had to die. but it's very sad. >> reporter: catherine hubbard liked to ride horses and allison wyatt wanted to become an artist. >> my husband asked last night he says has this rocked your faith in god, and i said absolutely not, but it's done a few things about my faith in human beings. >> reporter: the outpouring of love for the families of victims has sparked
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Dec 21, 2012 5:30pm PST
the presidency to george w. bush. it has been a week since the school shootings in connecticut, and in newtown, they marked that moment today. (bells ringing) church bells rang 26 times for the 20 first graders and six adults killed at sandy hook elementary school. the gunman's mother was also killed. the scene was repeated all across the country-- including at the white house. the national rifle association broke its silence today following the newtown tragedy. the executive vice president of the n.r.a., wayne laperriere, said that schools would be safer if they were protected with guns. here's chip reid. >> reporter: wayne laperriere gave no ground to gun control advocates who want to ban assault weapons and magazines that hold more than ten rounds. instead, he shifted the focus to the n.r.a.'s plan for securing the nation's schools. >> the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. what if when adam lanza started shooting his way into sandy hook elementary school last friday he'd been confronted by qualified armed security? i call on congress today to act immediate
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Dec 24, 2012 5:30pm PST
nearby. the flag at the fire house in webster-- already at half-staff for the newtown victims-- will now stay lowered for michael chip writtenny, 43, who was also a police lieutenant in webster. and tomasz koczowka, who was in his early 20s and a full time 911 dispatcher. >> you know, people get up in the middle of the night to put out fires, they don't expect to be shot and killed. >> reporter: the two wounded firefighters are in guarded condition, expected to live, though one has a bullet lodged in his spine. >> you guys all know each other. how hard is this? >> it's very difficult -- it's a very difficult situation. >> reporter: the gunman killed himself as police surrounded his position. he was found with several webs, including one rifle. joanne nania is among the many people in webster tonight clutching each other tight. >> they're always there for you know? you take them for granted. you don't know -- oh, i'm sorry, i just -- it's just -- it's christmas! i mean, who targets people on christmas? >> glor: a fifth man was also r: ared, an off duty policeman driving to work. work. str
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Dec 26, 2012 4:00am PST
they are hands on the military style rifle used in the newtown, connecticut, school shooting, the ar-15. there's been a run on ar-15's at gun stores too. rick friedman owns rtft in randolph, new jersey. >> i normally sell 15 or 20 a month. i've sold 30 in the last three days. >> reporter: the reason, he says, is clear. >> because people want to make sure they can own them legally before they have that right taken away. >> reporter: the white house said after the newtown shooting that president obama supports a ban on assault weapons proposed by california democratic senator dianne feinstein. getting it through congress quickly is highly unlikely, but the mere mention of a ban is enough to send sales soaring and, it's not just guns. brownells said it recently sold more than three and a half years worth of ar-15 magazines in three days. even before newtown, sales of guns and ammunition this year were surging. fbi background checks of potential gun buyers were up 31% in november 2012 over 2011. in a report issued prior to newtown, the market research firm ida's world that tracks the gun industry,
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Dec 14, 2012 5:00pm PST
the gunman's older brother ryan lanza into custody for questioning. newtown police arrived at sandy hook elementary school shortly after 9:30 in the morning. they quickly called for state backup and a s.w.a.t. team and released word to expect the worst. >> the majority of those who died today were children beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. >> reporter: parents rushed to pick up their children. >> there's 20 parents that were just told their children are dead. >> reporter: while the investigation continues it is already one of the worst mass shootings in u.s. history. counselors were on site this afternoon and a vigil was held tonight at a nearby church and many people here saying that this town will never be the same again. in newtown, connecticut, ines ferre, now back to you. >>> newtown, connecticut, is in the southwestern part of the state. it's roughly 80 miles northeast of new york city. the population is about 27,500 people and encompasses will 60 square miles about the same size as carmel-by-the-sea here in california. there are four elementary schools
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Dec 19, 2012 5:00am PST
forward talking about previous interactions with connecticut gunman adam lanza. workers at a newtown hair salon with lanza and his mother were regular customers say they never heard him speak. they say nancy lanza would give her son directions about what to do and where to go. meanwhile, investigators are still not clear what motivated adam lanza to open fire at an elementary school on friday. marlie hall has more from newtown. >>> reporter: good morning, michelle. several parents here in newtown, connecticut continue to face the unthinkable burying their children. five funerals are scheduled for today and people are still reeling. hundreds gathered for memorial service to remember sandy hook elementary principal dawn hochsprung. she died trying to stop the shooter after he broke into the school. >> you don't have to know her. you just have to know what she did is an act of selflessness and that touches humanity. >> reporter: hochsprung's funeral is just one of five that will be held today. tuesday saw two more children laid to rest. 6-year-old james mattioli loved sports and math. his fa
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Dec 19, 2012 6:00am PST
with connecticut gunman lanza. workers at a newtown hair salon where lanza and his mother were regular customers say they never heard him speak. they say that his mother nancy lanza would give her son directions about what to do and where to go. meanwhile investigators are still not clear about what motivated him to open fire at that elementary school school on friday. cbs news's marlie hall has more live from newtown. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. while the motive behind this tragic school shooting remains unclear, one thing is for sure, emotions are still raw here in newtown, connecticut. five funerals are scheduled for today in this one small town and people are still reeling. hundreds gathered for memorial service to remember sandy hook elementary principal dawn hochsprung. she died trying to stop the shooter after he broke into the school. >> you don't have to know her. you just have to know what she did is an act of selflessness and that touches humanity. >> reporter: hochsprung's funeral is just one of five that will be held today. tuesday saw two more children laid to rest. 6-
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Dec 21, 2012 5:00am PST
joins us now from newtown. marlie. >> reporter: good morning. today marks the fifth day of memorial here in newtown, connecticut. and a full week since the tragedy at sandy hook elementary school. and today, the country will stop to remember. at 9:30 this morning, people here in newtown will stop what they're doing and observe a moment of silence to mark one week since a shooter killed 26 people at sandy hook elementary school. then the church bells will ring again signifying another funeral for another child. pablo carmona attended the funeral of his friend and fellow boy scout benjamin wheeler. >> i don't really know why he had to die. but it's very sad. >> reporter: catherine hubbard liked to ride horses and allison wyatt wanted to become an artist. >> my husband asked me has this rocked your faith in god? and i said absolutely not. but it's done a few things about my faith in human beings. >> reporter: the outpouring of love and emotions for the families of the victims extends far beyond this memorial in newtown, something emilie parker's family found out when they took her body home
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Dec 22, 2012 5:00am PST
will interview the nra president, david keene. >>> meanwhile in newtown, connecticut, the mourning and the funerals continue. elaine quijano is in newtown with more on that. good morning, elaine. >> reporter: good morning to you you, anthony. dignitaries and residents gathered for a moment of silence as the bell tolled 26 times. the solemn occasion marked one week since 20 children and six adults were killed at the sandy hook elementary school. nearby, the mood was somber too, as more wakes and funerals were held for the victims. meanwhile in washington the nra made its first public response since the tragedy. nra's president wayne lapierre spoke. he argued for the presence of armed guards in every american school. >> we need to have every single school in american immediately deploy a protection program, proven to work. and by that, i mean armed security. >> reporter: he took. >> questions from reporters and was interrupted twice by protesters. >> nra, stop killing our children. >> nra has blood on its hands! >> reporter: here in newtown, lapierre's sugge
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Dec 17, 2012 4:30am PST
process begins today when the first two funerals will be held here in newtown. >> innocent babies. that's what makes it almost incomprehensible. >> reporter: police believe the carnage could have been much worse. they say 20-year-old adam lanza had enough bullets to kill about every child in the school if given enough time. >> magazine for the rifle and multiple magazines for the rifle and multiple magazines for both handguns. >> reporter: lanza reportedly ducked into a room and killed himself when he heard police arriving. for their bravery, the police received a standing ovation at sunday's memorial service. erica ferrari for cbs news, newtown, connecticut. >> yesterday's public memorial, president obama met privately with families of the victims. >>> the school massacre in connecticut presents a challenge, obviously, for parents and educators. thousands of miles away. the key question: how should we communicate with our kids about it? san francisco's unified school district is one of many all across the bay acknowledging the difficulty educators and students have. mayor ed lee and t
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Dec 20, 2012 4:30am PST
richard bloomenthal and senator-elect chris murphy met wednesday with a group called newtown united. residents who came together after the shooting to push for a ban on assault weapons. >> good morning, everybody. >> reporter: they may have a new supporter in president obama. he wants new laws to try to prevent another tragedy like the one at sandy hook elementary. >> the fact that we can't prevent every act of violence doesn't mean we can't steadily reduce the violence. >> reporter: as head of the president's task force, vice president joe biden will look into banning assault weapons. but gun advocates say that's not necessary. >> there are lots of things we can do to make sure that only the right people have firearms. >> reporter: there will be at least nine more funerals or viewings today. on wednesday each of the victims was remembered in his own special way. [ singing ] >> reporter: paul simon sang at the funeral for 27-year-old teacher victoria soto. she died trying to protect her first grade students. >> she gave her life for those kids. >> reporter: 7-year-old daniel barden
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